HAP ranked highest in member satisfaction among Michigan Health Plans

DETROIT — Health Alliance Plan members rated HAP “Highest in Member Satisfaction among Commercial Health Plans in Michigan for the fourth consecutive year,” according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2011 U.S. Member Health Insurance Plan StudySM. HAP’s 2011 performance increased, surpassing its 2010 score. HAP achieved a score of 769 on a 1,000-point scale—two points higher than last year—which […]

Big Nine to join Saginaw Valley 2012-13

FREELAND — Long regarded as one of the top athletic conferences in Mid-Michigan, the Big Nine Conference will disband, pending approval from the four remaining Big Nine athletic directors. The Saginaw Valley announced Tuesday that all four Big Nine schools—Davison, Carman-Ainsworth, Flushing and Flint Powers Catholic—were accepted into the Saginaw Valley Conference, effective the 2012-13 school year. The Saginaw Valley […]

McLaren Regional certified as stroke facility

FLINT — After undergoing a rigorous on-site evaluation and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, McLaren Regional Medical Center was recently awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for certification as a Primary Stroke Center. “In stroke care, time is brain,” says Jean E. Range, executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “By achieving certification […]

Carman-Ainsworth hockey wins first alumni battle

FLINT — Area high school alumni hockey teams continue to find time to reunite for bragging rights, fundraising, and just plain old fun. This time around Flint Iceland Arenas played host to Linden, Davison, Flushing and Carman-Ainsworth teams on March 25-27. Jon Jepson, Flushing/Carman- Ainsworth varsity high school coach and General Manager at Iceland Arenas said the first-time tournament went […]

Teachers who made a difference are the ones I still remember

The VIEW from here

This is a column I wrote back in 2008. With the current state of education cuts in Michigan and what seems like growing movement by some state politicians against teachers, I thought I’d offer a little moral support. There are many good teachers out there who deserve praise… I’ve reconnected with a few friends, former sources and even some long-lost […]

Knocking on the door

Fat Guy’s Corner

Opening day at Comerica Park in Detroit, The Masters Golf Championship, Michigan in the Frozen Four Hockey Tournament and Red Wings hockey; how about that for a weekend of sports? Tremendous, I say. The Red Wings tried hard to knock the Chicago Blackhawks out of the NHL playoffs with a 4-3 win on Sunday. The problem was the Minnesota Wild […]

Call of the Wildlife

Richard Smith will take on most unwelcome critters creeping around your house

SWARTZ CREEK — Not many service people can climb into your attic to trap a bat and come out with a professional assessment of your faulty wiring too. Nowadays Richard C. Smith makes his living as a pest removal expert but he was a home inspector and appraiser before the real estate market tanked in 2005. So its second nature […]

Practice makes perfect

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